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Program Assistant I, Washington, DC, US ID#16826


Cherokee Nation Mission Solutions (CNMS) is committed to delivering innovative solutions to solve its clients’ toughest problems, whether it be in the next state or around the world. CNMS utilizes the most qualified teams to support each client’s mission, providing responsive, strategic and innovative paths forward. CNMS makes it a priority to build personal, business relationships with each client and to consistently go above and beyond their expectations.

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Job Description:

The Assistant will provide administrative support to the J/TIP Office International Programs (IP) Section, the Senior Coordinator and Deputy Senior Coordinator for IP, and Grants Officer Representatives (GORs) as needed. The Program Assistant may also provide support to other Team members within the IP Section, and act as a back-up for other J/TIP Office Program Assistants as needed.



  • Leads on all administrative matters in preparation for review panels (e.g., schedules panels). Takes detailed meeting minutes and compiles panel review outcomes. Assists in the preparation of proposal presentations to the Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and other Front Office personnel
  • Compiles project summary information and prepares Foreign Assistance (F) Bureau decision memoranda; circulates for clearance and tracks clearances
  • Engages closely with TIP Office colleagues on the necessary steps to obtain foreign assistance resources, including a variety of Department and Congressionally-mandated processes (e.g., annually Operational Plans and Congressional Notifications). Specially liaises with the IP colleagues and leads on drafting and clearing all Congressional Notifications.
  • Drafts new award cables; maintains and updates an internal database of key grant characteristics
  • Coordinates with relevant U.S. embassies, Department regional bureaus, and J/TIP Office IP and Reports and Political Affairs staff regarding T&TA requests, planning, and implementation
  • Gathers quantitative programmatic data based on quarterly progress reports; final program reports. Inputs common performance indicators and other data into internal database. Assists IP Team members as needed on data calls and requests for information. Reviews cables, Interagency Project Notifications, and TIP News Roundups for relevant information and disseminates summaries to appropriate Team members. Assists with collecting information for evaluation of closed/ended grants.
  • Using the approved programming strategies, prepares funding solicitations/Request for Proposals, working closely with IP colleagues to incorporate edits
  • Coordinates with J/TIP Office Reports and Political Affairs, Public Engagement, and Resource Management and Planning personnel; and other Department of State and interagency colleagues to arrange planning meetings and consultations.




  • Bachelor’s degree; 1-2 years’ experience related to human trafficking, criminal justice, rule of law, international affairs, or international grants management
  • SECRET clearance required

Work environment –

Controlled climate office environment

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!

Applicants selected may be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please copy and paste the links to the following two sites: EEO Statement | EEO Poster

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